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Getting back into the swing of knit!

It’s fair to say that I lost my blogging mojo for a while, but I have been so inspired recently by reading other blogs and watching some brilliant knitting podcasts that I am keen to get started again. So without further ado here are some of the things that I have been working on this week!

On the Needles

I have 2 ongoing projects at the moment. The first is ‘Peggy Sue’ by Linda Wilgus. This is a free pattern on Ravelry which you can find here. I love this pattern, it’s so cute and I have quite a few 50’s style dresses that this will go perfectly with when it’s finished.

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Photo by Linda Wilgus from the Peggy Sue Ravelry page.

I started this a while back and was hoping to have it finished during summer but alas it’s still on the needles. I am making good progress though and have another inch or so to go before I start on the cabling at the bottom. It’s knit from the top down and is a great project to do whilst watching tele / podcasts.

Peggy Sue

I am making it in Sirdar Snuggly Baby Bamboo which is a DK weight made up of 80% bamboo and 20% wool in light blue (shade 169).

The second project is a wrap design I am working on using a variation of the Parasol stitch pattern. The yarn is a 2 ply lace baby alpaca, silk and cashmere mix that I hand-dyed earlier in the year. The colour hasn’t come out very well in the photo though, it’s more of a greeny-jade colour.

Stole

This one requires a bit more concentration although should become easier once I have done a couple of repeats, fingers crossed!

Off the Needles

I have just one little project to share this week that I made on Monday evening. It’s my first Christmas project and it’s a little snowman 🙂 I need to refine the pattern though as I’m not happy with his twiggy arms, and I think he needs a hat.

Knitted Snowman

Knitting Goodies

It was my birthday at the weekend and I was truly spoilt with some great presents. I went out to dinner with the girls last Thursday and they presented me with 2 new books for my knitting library…

Knitting Books

Where do I start?! ;)…

I also received this this gorgeous little hand carved box that Mr A’s uncle bought back from his recent trip to Armenia. It’s filled with sweets at the moment but when they are gone it will be filled with stitch markers and little knitting things 🙂

Armenian Box

And check out my new slippers!

Bear Slippers

Other Adventures

To celebrate my birthday Mr. A took me on a wonderful day out in London on to see the Lion King. I have wanted to see the show for years and it did not disappoint. In fact I would go as far as saying it’s one of the best I have been to!

The Lion King

The costumes were amazing, in particular I loved the giraffes – that’s some serious balancing going on there!

Lion King Giraffes

We went to the afternoon show which left us plenty of time afterwards to have a mooch round the city before heading to Sarastro for dinner. Mr A told me he had heard about this restaurant by googling ‘weird places to eat in London’ and went for the place with the best reviews! It is situated in Drury Lane, right in the theatre district and as soon as you see it you know you are going somewhere a little bit different.

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And the inside was pretty amazing too…

Sarastro InsideSarastro Restaurant

The only way I can describe it is like walking onto a very ornate, over the top ship. Apart from the centre strip of tables, the rest of the seating was all in little booths along each side and along the top. Although there wasn’t any entertainment on the night we went it is also billed as ‘the show after the show’ as they often have live music and dancing – I can imagine it would be quite spectacular! It really was quite unlike anywhere I have ever been, and the food was top notch too!

So all in all it’s been a busy week! Mr A and I are off on another adventure this week so until next time….happy knitting! x

7 thoughts on “Getting back into the swing of knit!”

  1. Welcome back to blogland, it’s so nice to catch up on what you have been up to, I agree snowman needs a hat – love his arms !!!
    Thanks for sharing all the photos 🙂

  2. Belated Happy Birthday to you Jem! What amazing gifts you were given! I was so busy studying the outside of the restaurant I lost my comment to you and had to start again! I’d love my entranceway to look like that! The knitting books will keep you out of trouble – or deep in it – the entire year I should think 🙂 Yes, your snowman needs a hat, then he will be perfect. Very cute!!

    And I love the look of all your projects! The dyed wool looks wonderful, even if the colour isn’t true. It looks like the dye is a rich colour and evenly dispersed – very professional looking. Also love that particular pattern.

    1. Thanks Pauline, yes the restaurant really was something else. I wish I had taken more pictures as there was so much bizarreness going on, but then that’s a good excuse to go back one day 🙂 I can’t wait to try one of the cat hats, I think the knitting part will be easy compared to trying to find a willing model though! x

      1. Yes, good luck with that! Though I did once get a shot of Orlando wearing a fetching green beret with flower ……. 🙂 You just have to be really really quick!!

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